An artist and an avid gardener/yoga enthusiast, the Mill Valley Cabins residents were looking to situate their growing retirement pursuits in spaces that would capture the imagination.  The steeply sloping site that had long been their home offered seclusion and inspirational views within a woods of impressive pines and redwoods. Dividing their programmatic needs into separate cabins allowed the two small structures to be placed lightly between existing trees with minimal re-grading of the site and gave each a different view of the woods. The planted roof of the lower building provides a quilt-like garden for the artist to look down upon. The green roofs blend with the hillside and provide a canvas for the client’s love of gardening. The simple and modern interiors of the studios offer spaces for quiet reflection among the trees.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Shrubs, Woodland, Walkways, Side Yard, Gardens, Trees, Garden, and Boulders. Large columns and shear walls offer the structural support needed to mitigate minor earthquakes. 

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Large columns and shear walls offer the structural support needed to mitigate minor earthquakes.

Modern home with Outdoor, Walkways, Gardens, Woodland, Trees, and Garden. A winding path connects the two south-facing structures. 

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A winding path connects the two south-facing structures.

Modern home with Shed & Studio and Sun Room Room Type. The yoga studio can also be converted into guesthouse.

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The yoga studio can also be converted into guesthouse.

Modern home with Outdoor, Gardens, Garden, Trees, Side Yard, Shrubs, Walkways, and Woodland. Both structures step out to small south-facing terraces. 

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Both structures step out to small south-facing terraces.

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Modern home with Shed & Studio. The artist studio overlooks the green roof on the yoga studio.

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The artist studio overlooks the green roof on the yoga studio.

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Mill Valley Cabins

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Modern home with Outdoor, Walkways, Gardens, Garden, and Trees. River-rock ballast was installed around the perimeter of the green roof.

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River-rock ballast was installed around the perimeter of the green roof.

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Mill Valley Cabins

Modern home with Outdoor, Gardens, Trees, Garden, and Shrubs. The accessible green roof on the yoga studio provides additional landscape for gardening. 

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The accessible green roof on the yoga studio provides additional landscape for gardening.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Shrubs, Garden, and Gardens. Spruce and pine cladding echo the verticality of the tree trunks surrounding the cabins. 

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Spruce and pine cladding echo the verticality of the tree trunks surrounding the cabins.

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Mill Valley Cabins

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Green Roof Material, Cabin Building Type, and Curved RoofLine. The green-roofed studio was reinforced to support the weight of wet soils.

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The green-roofed studio was reinforced to support the weight of wet soils.

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Mill Valley Cabins

Modern home with Outdoor, Walkways, Trees, Gardens, and Woodland. The steep slope necessitated careful attention to waterproofing and drainage.

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The steep slope necessitated careful attention to waterproofing and drainage.

Landscape Design
  • Jori Hook
Builder
  • JP Builders
Photographer
  • Joe Fletcher

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